Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A Bactus

A bactus is a traditional shape for Russian Orenburg shawls. It is basically a very shallow rectangle, with increases every 4th row rather than every 2nd.

I just finished this one last week.


This is the only WIP photo I have, mainly because I knitted it in 6 weeks.


As you can see, it is a very shallow triangle. At the deepest point, it is approximately half a meter wide, and from end to end, approximately 2.4m long. 


Close up of the lace. I am aware that the variegation distorts and hides the lace somewhat, but I loved the look of the yarn in garter stitch so much that I decided to run with it anyway. 

It's knitted in one of my favorite blends: alpaca silk cashmere. This particular one is a Miranda Lace from Posh Yarns. By my count, I knitted about 70 thousand stitches and just over 800m of yarn.

I have named the project Bactus #1 but I think Orenburg #1 would have been better. I am not a very big fan of this shape, as it would need to be incredibly long to become as deep as I like my shawls to be.

I have therefore mostly worn it as a scarf, wrapped many times around my neck.

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